d3t01 - Dark Star ->
d3t02 - St. Stephen ->
d3t03 - Not Fade Away ->
d3t04 - Darkness Jam ->
d3t05 - China Cat Jam ->
d3t06 - Not Fade Away ->
d3t07 - Turn On Your Lovelight
d3t08 - Crowd noise > Youngbloods: Get Together... ->
d3t09 - Phil and Pigpen speak ->
d3t10 - Youngbloods: Get Together -> Crowd noise
After doing the 2-19-71, I was searching the LMA for some old boyz that would
be suitable for a matrix when I found this gem in which only the end of the
show existed in SBD. I did a test on a portion of Dark Star and nearly lost
my mind when first hearing the combination. The SBD is excellent in quality
although it lacks a little low end made up by the source 1 AUD which is quite
nice for the "outside" sections of Dark Star. The source 2 AUD covers the end
of St. Stephen through Lovelight, and the crowd interaction with Pig Pen is
really amazing, something you just don't get with a soundboard recording.
Worthy of noting (not captured in the tracking notes) are the following events:
- d3t01 Feelin' Groovy Jam @ 16:09 - 17:35
- d3t07 Let It Rock riff @ 13:52
- d3t07 Pig Pen "let's fuck" @ 10:50 and "fuck!" @ 20:19
- d3t09 Pig Pen "Why don't you guys go home and fuck somebody" @ 0:16
Aside from the incredible Dark Star (with a prominent guiro in the mix), the NFA
jams are really intense with Garcia and Weir totally going at it, at one point
playing the same China Cat lick at the same time. The loony Lovelight is just
that, with Pig imploring people from the crowd to say something into the mic, and
one guy yells "hey, let's ball in the moonlight" (9:35) - the band on fire as they
follow Pig through his crazy Saturday night rant in NYC. The band is so blown out
(Garcia's hand gets a cramp and Bobby loses his voice) that they can't do an encore.
No matter, this shit simply smokes.
Ironically, this show was pretty easy to synch, with the pitch of both AUDs and
the SBD being relatively close to each other. What posed more of a challenge
was the multiple recording level changes in the Source 1 AUD which I tried to
smooth out, mostly sucessfully. Also helping matters is Bear's SBD mix which is
spot on, plus the quality is great, I just added some Fillmore ambience from the
awesome AUD recordings, the result hopefully close to what is what like at the
show - I wouldn't know, I had just turned 4.
-------Reviews from the LlaMA:
"Best dark star + lovelight. Pigpen is perfect. Best Dark Star for 1970. Pigpen's
rap is so great in Lovelight. My favorite pre 1972 show."
"The NFA>Darkness>China Cat Jam>NFA is ridiculous. I listen pretty seriously to
this stuff (70-79) and I would put this up there with the top ten sets of the era."
"This is one of the most beautiful transluscent Dark Stars ever played. The quiet
passages are simply amazing. I can't believe this was performed live on a stage in
front of an audience. It has such an intimacy to it."
"On this night, something extra seemed to be in the air. Was it the fact that
Jimi Hendrix had been found dead the night before (with Janis short to follow)?
Something pursuaded the dead that night in NY, and the emotions were bold as love."
Thanks to Seth Kaplan for the excellent SBD extraction & conversion.
Thanks to Jack Toner and Marty Weinberg for their respective AUD recordings,
and to Dwight Holmes and Steven Martin for their A>D conversions.
Thanks to Dr. Michael Parrish for providing the Weinberg/Martin source.
Thanks to Jack Warner for the editing, assembly and conversion of the AUDs.
And, of course, thanks to the LlaMA for making this all possible.
Front Cover found at: http://www.geocities.com/deadpieshop/
All other art and layout by yours truly.
May 12, 2016 Subject:
They're in the fucking zone here!!
This show is exactly what '70 was about.
September 19, 2015 Subject:
Best of both worlds, just like being there
June 2, 2015 Subject:
Anyway, this show is incredible. The Dark Star is a brand new beast: even more abstract-impressionist than most you'll hear from the '60s, and it's the earliest one I've heard with Jer playing through his new toy: a Vox wah-wah pedal. Gibson SG through Vox wah: VERY nice tone.
September 19, 2014 Subject:
Like the "hall" effect. All my favorite auds have it to some degree. It's the magic ingredient necessary for a transportive experience.
Mucho gracious! !!
April 4, 2014 Subject:
A slight twist on a classic suite. Dark Star astonishes....one of my favorites for intense exploration (watch out for the deep space after the first verse). Stephen/Not Fade/Lovelight rocks out in transcendent GD fashion. Great sound and superb musicianship from everyone. Vital Dead that must be heard.
April 4, 2014 Subject:
2 much 4 words, numbers bearly cover it.
sweet dreamy WELL Recorded darkstar, etc etc etc.
good 1 2 show a non dead head 4 starts!
August 21, 2012 Subject:
Set list incredible
So far, I have listened to DS. This is now my favorite rendition. Laid back and very spacey. I love the experimentation. And I am guessing that nothing but a matrix could present it as well. But I must check out the Chuck Reynolds copy as it doesn't have so many track breaks for the "jams."
July 23, 2012 Subject:
Less is more
"Darkness Jam"? "China Cat Jam"?
Why not just make a new track every time they change chords?
February 22, 2012 Subject:
I love the story of how this came together, thanks for all your hard work! This is really great.
October 29, 2011 Subject:
This segment of 9/19/70 is relatively new to me. I first learned about it roughly a year ago. I've listened to it six times spread out over the year, so I've had time to let it really sink in.
It is all outstanding! Everything you would want from every song. The Dark Star might be the best ever.
The sound is just as good as the performance.
August 8, 2011 Subject:
The fact that you are reading this encourages me to think that what I'm about to tell you is something you already know. This Dark Star is an amazing performance. Period. I'm not much into "this one is better than that one", and so on. So, I'll just say "This is just plain great". Garcia latched on to some piece of wire that was connected to "central control" somewhere the other side of Andromeda, and it shows here. What a fabulous improvisation! And the rest of the band was up to the task of following along. Excellent sound quality...good Lord, how did anyone have the presence of mind to record this shit. Thank you to all who did and again to those who make this archive possible. Peace.
March 22, 2011 Subject:
unbelievable St. Stephen followed by a NFA sandwich with just a hint of China Cat in the middle
December 1, 2009 Subject:
A Wonderful Evening
Dark Star from another galaxy
Thanks for putting this together, a show for the ages
June 22, 2009 Subject:
Great show. I had found Lovelight and Dark Star broken out on the net as "Fillmore Guitars". But the entire show---tremendous!!
To avoid the annoying song breaks in the middle of playing back, for example, The Other One-->Cryptical Envelopment, just play these files on WinAmp. Forget Real Player or WMP. WinAmp is the best free audio/video player.
February 28, 2009 Subject:
why chop jams up into diff tracks
this fn kills me....deadheads unite...why///// must we listen to an incredible show wonderfully matrixed, and have the split second of magic, the segue, hinge swinging into a new song....get taken up by a one second bit of dead air as we change "songs"...even on the m3u vbr stream...why cant we have an option to stream it as one long file....please....please...please....
December 17, 2008 Subject:
There seems to be some differences in the Dark Star's for this night, so I recommend getting all shows dated 9-19-70 on the IA. Sometimes what is written is not what is recorded. Use your ears not your eyes.
Turn On Your Lovelight is outstanding. You can hear how much fun the crowd had when Pigpen was on stage. Pigpen was an amazing singer/frontman/musician. The heart and soul of the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Pigpen says just the right thing at the end of the show to get the crowd to go home...Pigpen had a way with the crowd.
Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love.
July 5, 2008 Subject:
The matrix makes it
I have the soundboard of this show and I thought it was great but had all kinds of volume fluctuations and dropouts. Listening to this matrix of this show puts it in a whole new light. The space around the instruments is just amazing, it sounds like you're right there and what a freaking good show, partial that it is. The Dark Star may just beat out 2/13s and that one is amazing. The way Jerry explores the intricacies of this tune and the way Bobby adds and builds with the chords is beyond words. Then the St Stephen to NFA and the ensuing jams that eventually transition into Lovelight flow beautifully. The guys are really in an exploratory mood, even Pigpen who gets quite whacky on Lovelight: "lets FUCK!" and Bobby says "Pigpen did you just say fuck?" Its' very funny and the crowd goes nuts. The show ends with crowd noise and the Youngbloods being piped in over the PA when Pig and Phil come out for one more announcement. Just a fantastic show. If the missing parts are as good as what's here this would be the best show of 1970, for me anyway. The matrix makes it too, good job and thanks.
June 5, 2008 Subject:
Tranctastic! Dark Star => St Stephen slways orgasmic.
June 5, 2008 Subject:
God bless... the Grateful Dead.
This Dark Star is truly an angel speaking from a guitar.
April 13, 2008 Subject:
Amazing, truly amazing. This Dark Star should come with a warning to not operate a motor vehicle while listening.
This is the type of Dark Star every kid dreams about. Lucid perfection from note one. It just flows.
The note section sums it up best: Best Dark Star of 1970. No matter, this shit simply smokes.
If there's a better one for the year, someone please let me know which one it is.
Peace and hang loose.
April 10, 2008 Subject:
You Gotta Be Kidding Me
I'll let the performance speak for itself. Like it says in the notes, it may be only the last set, but who cares? This thing is a true monster right out of the gates. And as for the quality of the matrix, hats off, this is a beauty. Many, many thanks for the work here. I'd say keep 'em coming, but I don't know if I can keep up.